Local kids get swine flu vaccine at school

October 22, 2009 4:37:16 PM PDT
Students at Chestnut Hill Academy and neighboring Springside School are among the first to get the H1N1 vaccine.at school.The schools teamed with the Philadelphia Health Department and each gave about 500 doses, offering both the injections and the intranasal vaccine.

"I got the nasal spray, it wasn't hard, just took a second," said seventh grader Alana Jing.

Dr. Andy Lubell, the medical director of the schools says just this week there's been a jump in the number of H1N1 cases.

In fact, last night the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.added staff to accommodate more kids coming in with flu symptoms.

That's why doctors say it's important to vaccinate, especially high-risk people including school-aged kids, people with medical problems, and pregnant women.

That's why teacher Silke Susanin got the shot. She's expecting her first child soon.

"We're saving two lives by getting the vaccine so it's really important," she said.

As for safety concerns, Dr. Lubell says it's a misconception that the vaccine was not thoroughly tested.

"It was produced in the same manner we produce the seasonal flu vaccine and certainly the CDC is on top of making sure the vaccine is safe for the kids were giving it to."

Even if the H1N1 virus has spread at your child's school, doctors say it is not too late for the vaccine. The virus is expected to keep circulating over the next few months, and even years.

RELATED INFORMATION:

FAQs about swine flu
Additional swine flu resources
Transcript of 6abc.com's swine flu chat with local experts

RELATED LINKS:

CDC Swine Flu site
World Health Organization

RELATED INTERACTIVE:

Swine flu cases around the world

Follow Action News on Twitter

Get Action News on your website

Follow Action News on Facebook

Click here to get the latest Philadelphia news and headlines from across the Delaware and Lehigh valleys.


Load Comments